Yearly Archives: 2012


Holiday Miracles. . .

This last weekend I put up my Christmas tree. Every year I think about how weird of a tradition it is to cut down a tree, drag it into the house, and then decorate it with all kinds of lights and sentimental ornaments. They make a mess, they’re expensive, and really, this tradition makes no sense in the context of the holiday. It’s a strange tradition; a holdover from years past with roots forgotten long ago, but I guess it’s so much fun that we stick with it. I do love the way the tree smells, and seeing the joy […]


“Taking cuts” is still not okay. . .

You know how sometimes you’re at the checkout counter at the store and there are two open cash registers but only one line. The thing to do in this situation is wait in that one line; it’s very obvious. This last weekend I was in this one line, and a guy walked past the line and up to the other register. Against my better judgment I pointed out that there was a line. He pointed out that there was no line at this register. I plainly said, “Yeah, there’s just one line for both registers.” Still, all very obvious, courteous […]


Trying to Get the Better Deal.

You know how your gym is always offering better deals to newcomers than they’re giving to people who have been going there for years. Have you ever called them on it and tried to get the new-person deal? It’s impossible. You’re better off leaving the gym and then going back as a new person, but of course they always have a rule where they won’t let you get away with that either. Cable companies, on the other hand, you can always strong-arm into giving you the newcomer deal. But it only works if you have two cable companies who can […]


Wine Tasting

Last weekend while visiting family I ended up going wine tasting, which is a pretty rare event for me. When I drink wine it’s usually when I am at a social event and can’t seem to find anything else to consume. The thing I can’t stand about wine is that people compare the way it tastes to things like “dirty leaves on a damp autumn day” and “wet leather.” I don’t want my drink to taste like either of those things, and even when I drink wine that people describe in such a hyperbolic way, it still tastes like grape […]


Maintaining The Cooler in your Home or Office

While our Home and Office Delivery does include periodic cycling of water coolers, we thought it would be helpful to have instructions for the proper cleaning of your bottled water cooler.   This procedure uses unscented household liquid bleach as a cleaning agent.   Before you begin, gather the following items: •Clean disposable latex or non-latex gloves •Lint-free paper towels or clean, dry, lint free linen cloths or towels •Clean, long handled dish brush.  The long handle is necessary to reach the bottom of the reservoir. •Plastic scrubbing pad.  Never use soaps or detergents, steel wool or any other abrasives […]


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